Pinellas and Hillsborough beach goers warned about high bacteria counts

07/18/12 Seán Kinane
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Beach dunes at Sand Key Park in Pinellas County.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF (Sept. 2009)

Update Wednesday 25 July:

Hillsborough County has lifted its beach advisory for all five beaches.

Update Friday 20 July:

After re-sampling these five locations, the Pinellas County Health Department has lifted its saltwater beach advisory for

Honeymoon Island, Dunedin

Sand Key Park, Clearwater

Indian Rocks Beach (1700 Gulf Blvd.)

Madeira Beach, Archibald Park

Redington Shores near 182nd Ave. W.

They have "received lab results with moderate or good readings at these sampling points."

Here's our original story:

You might want to think twice before heading to the beach this weekend. Wednesday the Pinellas County Health Department released a list of five beaches under what they call a beach advisory where bacteria concentration in the water is more than recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. The health department says Honeymoon Island, Sand Key Park, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach and Redington Shores “should be considered a potential health risk to swimmers.”

The bacteria normally are found in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals and may cause human disease, rashes or infections. The next sampling will be on July 30.

Tuesday the Hillsborough County Health Department issued a Health Advisory for five beaches: Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Picnic Island, Bahia Beach and Simmons Park. Those beaches will be re-sampled Monday.

update on Friday July 20:

The Manatee County Health Department issues an advisory for Palma Sola South beach (also known as SP-6) due to marine water bacterial indicators. An Advisory indicates that water contact may pose an increased risk of infectious disease, particularly for susceptible individuals. Beach water will be tested again on July 23 & results will be available by July 24.

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